Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yes to God Tuesday... on wednesday

It is Yes to God Tuesday again... this is part of a book study that we are doing over on Lelia's blog. We are reading Lysa Terkeurst's book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. We are up to chapters six and seven. This book is great... you still have time to join in if you would like.

Chapter 6 God's Extraordinary Invitation

God has invited each of His children to take part in an awesome adventure with Him. For Lysa, among many other adventures, she told us of God's invitation to adopt two boys that were singing in a boy's choir at a church. Now, these boys were from a Liberian orphanage. She had no idea that God would take her on such an adventure... she just took her girls to hear them sing. That is when God dropped the bomb so to speak. He told her that two of the boys singing in front of the church were hers. She told us of her struggles with trying to work things out in her own mind and in her own way, and then the way that God worked it out for His glory. Awesome story.

The one thing that really spoke to me in this story is that while she poured her heart out to a friend, and unloaded all of her doubts and questions... she asked this question,

"Why Me?"

And her friend's answer was simply,

" Because God knew you'd say yes, Lysa."

Whoa!!! Does God know that I will answer "yes" to anything that He asks of me?? No, I don't think that I have that kind of track record with God. I would love to have it... but I don't at this minute. It would take years for me to establish that kind of record with God. There are many things that I have said "yes" to... but I long for that to be my answer each and every time God gives me an invitation to join him in His extraordinary plan.

On to Chapter 7 God is With You

It is during our struggles that we need to realize that it is not up to us to figure things out. God desires to be the "fixer". Lysa told us that even though she knew that the purpose of this phase was to learn to lean on God like never before... it was still hard. I needed to hear that. In the struggle that my family is facing right now... I know that God wants us to learn to lean on Him like never before... BUT IT IS STILL HARD. We need to simply wait on God.

Some other statements that really spoke volumes to me were:

"I am amazed that God so freely gives His help when I ask for it."

Why do I forget to ask for His help sometimes?? He gives freely...

"Though God could have instantaneously moved it, (Mark's mountain of rocks) He chose another way. He gave Mark the strength to move it one rock at a time."

I know that God could instantaneously remove our financial problems for us. He could send Brad more work than he could handle. He could send us a great inheritance from a long lost relative that we don't even know about... but instead He has chosen another way. God is giving us the strength to live through this one day at a time.

" sometimes the greater act of faith is not praying for the mountain to move instantaneously but rather hanging in there while God helps you to move it bit by bit".

I am so thankful that God is with us during our struggles. I am so thankful that His plan is best... and it will be for our best.

"Just fulfill the small part of the mission He's asking you to do today. Just carry that one rock. Ask God, What is my assignment for today? Do that part and be satisfied that God is pleased. Be encouraged and continue to press on."

I will continue to press on. God's plan is best. I know that. God is doing something great... I want to be a part of it. No matter what my little part may be... I want to say "yes".

Click here if you want to know how these chapters spoke to the other ladies that are doing this study. Have a great day... and listen for God's invitation. Step out and say "yes".

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Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yes, that definitely was a powerful remark from Lysa's friend about God knowing she would say yes. I think Lysa's personality really came out in ch. 6. Or maybe it is because I already knew of her story about her boys and my heart has been drawn to Lysa ever since hearing that story. I love how she said she wanted to stick her fingers in her ears and say Lalalalalala. Then she proceeded to tell God she just came for a nice cultural event for her daughter's and she wasn't looking to expand her family or change her life. That was so cute. I also like how she said God is wooing us. The other statement that pricked my heart was about joining hands with Jesus and fulfill whatever He has planned.

Oh, and the faith of her boys despite their conditions to know they had a mom and dad waiting.

The most beautiful story of love is this step of faith in Lysa's family.

Laurie Ann said...

Very good post! I so enjoyed it. Isn't this study the best?

Amy said...

I'm right there with you. Shannon and I (with God) are moving our mountain(s) bit by bit too.

Hang in there girl. We are in good company following the Lord.

God Bless,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm sorry for your struggle, Lynn. We carry some heavy loads sometimes. In our heart of hearts, we want to say yes, but our circumstances preclude our response. If we could ever just get past all the temporal, our hearts would sing the praise they were scripted to sing.

You are a woman after that kind of heart, and I join with you in holy expectation for what God is going to do in your life.

Keep pressing on...


Laura said...

I loved reading your thoughts on these chapters! It moves me so much to feel this connection we are sharing through this book. I'm sorry about the struggles your family is going through. We went through something similar a couple years ago, and I was amazed at how God grew us in that time! I can't wait to see what He has planned for you!

Jill said...

I enjoyed your words "no matter what my little part may be...I want to say yes." Our actions follow our heart, so you are on the right track. We have no idea where the journey will lead and at times don't understand the direction He is taking us, but like you said His plan is for good. Blessings as the walk continues, Jill

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

I want to be someone who is know for syaing yes to God. It is that bit by bit walk of faith that will get us there! I enjoyed your post!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Lynn!

Yes, I know where your road is in fact I don't live very far from there!

I will reply by e-mail in just a minute and tell you details. But first I wanted to visit your blog.

It is beautiful! Could you show me how to make mine prettier?

I read you post too and I think us meeting would be great. I'll go e-mail you detalis now.

I'll be back to chat again soon!

Pamela R.